It’s that time of year again…midterms! And with long nights in the library, healthy snacks are usually replaced with a quick call to Domino’s Pizza. But that pizza will only drain you of the much-needed brainpower you need to keep yourself going! It’s important to choose foods that will help you to stay focused and productive.
Although carbs always call our name during midterm week, protein is the smarter choice during a hard-core study sess. Protein takes longer than carbohydrates to break down in the body, so it can provide long-lasting energy that will help you avoid the all-too-familiar energy crash from sugary carbs. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and ants on a log is not only delicious, but also full of brain-boosting power. So try getting that protein by taking a trip down memory lane, or by using PB as a dip for your favorite fruits (like apples)!
Edamame is also a great source of protein- and it’s low-calorie to boot! These soybeans are delicious, healthy and filling for those who enjoy eating while working.
Put down the greasy, loaded-with-fat potato chips and grab a handful of almonds, cashews, or peanuts instead! Salty nuts are a great chip-replacer snack that will leave you just as full, but without the unhealthy fat calories.
Eating well is an important part in studying well. But please remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and trying to get plenty of sleep! (We all know how quickly sleep can be forgotten during test week.) Duke provides many different options for healthy snacking. One of my favorites is ordering a salad from ABP without the lettuce. I know this may sound strange to some, but their salads are a little too big for a snack, so this way you get all of the great nutrients in the side items that are perfect for a snack. The Refectory also has great “grab and go” items like yogurt, veggies and hummus, and fruit. So pick up a few of your favorites and save them for later when the late hour of the night only allows for “slow-you-down” pizza. Trust me- your body and brain will thank you!